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  • Tree of life

    Now Available: Seeds from the Tree of Life

    For generations, scientists have been cataloging the tree of life, the branching, interconnected collection of Earth's species. The library of molecular characterizations of various species just grew substantially, thanks to PNNL scientists, who released >35,000 files related to a decade of research on microbial species. The files describe >100 microbial species, including environmental strains and human pathogens. The scientists hope to promote wider use of this important resource.

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    R&D 100 Award Winners for 2015

    From cyber security, trace chemical detection, and turning sewage into fuel, to understanding real-world energy processes and forecasting future electric needs, PNNL was part of developing five advancements honored at a recent award event in Las Vegas.

  • Dick Smith

    Smith One of the Top 20 Most Influential Analytical Scientists

    For the second time, Dick Smith, a Battelle Fellow and chief scientist in the Biological Sciences Division, was named one of the top 20 most influential scientists in the world of analytical science by The Analytical Scientist. Smith is on "The Power List 2015" in the October 2015 issue of the online journal.

  • Hans Bernstein in lab

    News Release: Microbes map path toward renewable energy future

    Researchers have known that the organism Cyanothece 51142 makes hydrogen by drawing upon sugars it stores during growth. In a study that appears in Scientific Reports, PNNL researchers found it also draws on a second, unexpected source of energy, using sunlight and water directly to make hydrogen.

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    Going to Extremes with Zirconia

    Obtaining structural information about a sample on an atomistic or molecular level under conditions that mimic conditions underground, in the deep ocean, and in chemical reactors is now possible, thanks to a sample-holding rotor developed by scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. When partnered with magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance, the rotor enables scientists to study samples under extreme conditions.

About The Division

Scientists within the Biological Sciences Division perform biological systems science research and develop technologies focused on how cells, cell communities, and organisms sense and respond to their environment. Our vision is to measure, predict, design, and control multi-cellular biological systems and bio-inspired solutions for energy, environment, and health.

Our investigator-initiated and multi-institutional collaborative research, unique scientific instrumentation, and national program leadership translate the latest scientific discoveries into technologies that are beneficial to the nation.

Our research has applications to energy, environment, and human health missions of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other federal agencies.

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